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Dale E. Larson, 78, of 510 1st St. N.E., died Thursday, January 4, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Monday (January 8, 2007) at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. with the Rev. Steve Palo of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be at Clear Lake Cemetery with veterans rites performed by the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Dale Larson memorial fund. Dale was born on April 13, 1928 in rural Clear Lake, to Donald and Opal (Beal) Larson. He attended school in Clear Lake until 1945, at which time he enlisted in the Navy. He proudly served his country in World War II until 1949. After returning from the war he met his future wife Helen Jean Hertel at the Surf Ballroom. In 1950 they were united in marriage at the Clear Lake Zion Lutheran Church. Later in life he received his G.E.D. and continued his education graduating from Minneapolis Community College. He was a long time member of the Carpenters Millwright Union #1313. Dale enjoyed going to auctions looking for antiques and furniture to refinish. He was quite fond of socializing with his friends, hunting, fishing and listening to country western music. An avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, he enjoyed watching them no matter what the outcome. Family was extremely important to him and his grandchildren were his pride & joy. He loved refering to his great-grandchildren as his "circle of life". Dale is survived by his children; David (Trish) Larson of Kalona, IA, Jane (Joe)Shultz of Mason City, and Jill (Gerald) Symonds of Rockwell, IA; twin sister, Gayle (Harlan) Fleming of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Lindy, Jared, and Kaylin Larson all of Minneapolis, MN, Abby Stransky of Kalona, IA, Andrew (Kama) Shultz, Megan and Michael Shultz of Mason City, Quinn Symonds of Mason City, Elizabeth (David) Haag of Mason City, William and Tony Symonds of Rockwell; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Aubrey Haag, and Allison Snow; special friend, Diane Murphy and her children Colleen and Kevin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Richard and Donald Larson.
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